Thursday, March 20, 2014

This Is the Embodiment of Me



I don't really believe in spending $50 on shoes and probably the last thing I need right now is another pair of flats (especially because I live in California and end up in flip-flops almost all the time), but...

Also, these:


Also, an entire Etsy store basically dedicated to literary shoes. Oh, man.

Monday, February 10, 2014

I <3 Grad School (at This One Moment in Time)

This.

"The shortage of academic jobs relative to PhD candidates leads some to say fewer people should do a PhD. But that is a complete misunderstanding of the purpose of higher education. One objective of education is to gain the skills required for a job, but higher education isn’t a trade school. ... Instead, the most valuable skills are intangible: how you process and present information, work well with others, and learn new things."

(Despite this warm-and-fuzzy grad school moment, check in with me tomorrow while I'm writing my dissertation, and I might give you an, uh, different opinion.)

Thursday, February 06, 2014

In Which We Brainwash Children

Woman with child at Starbucks: The yellow soda is Mountain Dew. It has caffeine and that's not very good for children.
Boy: Only grown-ups?
Woman: Yes.

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Another Thought From a New Dog-Owner

Owning a dog helps with one's vanity—as in, totally rids one of any notion of vanity. Because sometimes the dog needs to pee before you've put your make-up on. Or real clothing. Or a real head-covering. 

I may have walked the dog this morning in pajamas (gray with green hearts, just in case you were wondering) with a USC sweatshirt and skirt on top in a ridiculous knitted beret and a jacket and flip-flops. 

I used to make fun of people who wore their pajamas outside, but the dog just does not understand having to wait so I can put on a shaitel and eyeliner. At least I wasn't wearing the pink penguin pajamas. Those are probably more embarrassing.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Having Kids Won't Prevent You from Being Exceptional But Not Knowing Grammar Will

OK, so I have so many responses to this article about how women who get married and have kids are failing at life. But, firstly, if you're going to act so superior, learn to use hyphens and proofread. (No, the "dominate cultural voice" is not going to tell me anything because that's not a thing.)

Also: "We have baby showers and wedding parties as if it's a huge accomplishment and cause for celebration to be able to get knocked up or find someone to walk down the aisle with. These aren't accomplishments, they are actually super easy tasks, literally anyone can do them." False. You know who can't get knocked up? Literally half of the human population. 

Aside from that, the whole premise that "[y]ou will never have the time, energy, freedom or mobility to be exceptional if you have a husband and kids" is just sad.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

It's Christmas Once Again in San Diego

"It's Christmas once again in San Diego,
There is not a snowflake to be found.
No sleigh rides, no snowmen...
Like you see on the Christmas cards.
Oh, but we've gotta lot of Christmas in our hearts.
Some folks say it doesn't feel like Christmas,
You can't look outside and see some snow.
I don't recall that it was snowing,
In Bethlehem, 2000 years ago."
 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Californians Are Weak

It has been in the 50s and 60s this past week in San Diego. That's cold enough that I have, admittedly, pulled out my boots and sweaters. But. I fully admit that it's not really cold. I mean, it can't snow. You can't get frostbite. There's no reason to wear Uggs or a down coat. I lived in Wisconsin for a year. Puh-lease.

This is my dog:

 He is a siberian husky. People keep on telling me that he must be right at home in this freezing San Diego weather. False. He is not at home in this weather. Because you know what they call this type of weather in Siberia? Summer.

OK, that last part might not be true. Also, we got him in Chula Vista, not in Siberia. But still.